Fanduel NFL Week 5 NFL Picks 10/8/2017 Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins DFS Top Picks for Fanduel NFL and DraftKings
The Tennessee Titans were picked by many this year to win the AFC South, but those that did may have to rethink their thoughts on that pick after the Titans were routed in Houston by a score of 57-14. The defense really struggled in that game and they were facing a rookie QB to boot. Deshaun Watson had a great game against this defense as he threw for 283 yards and four TDs against this defense that has struggled for the most part this year. Watson showed that he is for real and he could very well lead the Texans to a division title. The Titans allowed 455 yards total in the game, but that was not their only issue as the offense struggled mightily as well. The Titans did lose Marcus Mariota (Listed as day-to-day) during the game, but he wasn’t that effective when he was in there as he hit six of 10 passes for 96 yards and two INTs. Matt Cassel then came in and hit four of 10 for 21 yards and two INTs. If Mariota can’t go in this one, then Cassel will get the start. Overall, the Titans had just 195 yards of total offense and their two TDs in the game were scored by Mariota, who had 34 yards rushing in the game. You can bet this will be an angry bunch of Titans in this game, but can they win it if Mariota doesn’t play? We shall see. The Titans have been solid on offense so far, this year as they come in ranked 14th in the league in total offense (338.8 ypg), 22nd in passing (200.0 ypg), 6th in rushing (138.8 ypg) and 9th in scoring at 25.0 ppg. On defense, they have been very poor so far as they come in ranked 29th in total yards allowed (386.6 ypg), 28th against the pass (274.2 ypg) and 21st vs the run (112.5 ypg), while allowing 31.5 ppg, which is 30th in the league. A couple of weeks ago the Baltimore Ravens left their defense in the states when they faced the Jaguars and last week it was the Miami Dolphins that left something in the states. Namely, their offense as they fell to the New Orleans Saints by a score of 20-0 in London. Jay Cutler has been lured out of retirement to take over for the injured Ryan Tannehill and while he is making a boatload of money, he may be re-thinking his return. In the loss to the Saints, he hit 20 of 28 passes for 164 yards and an INT. not horrible, but not considerable numbers and it was on the heels of him hitting just 26 of 44 passes for 220 yards, with a TD and an INT in a 20-6 loss to the Jets the week before. He has not had good success so far, but he could also use some help from a running game that has been among the worst in the league this year. Jay Ajayi had 122 yards in their opener against the Chargers, but the last two weeks he has totaled just 62 yards on the ground. That should change or this offense will continue to struggle. You know your offense is bad when you get shutout by the Saints. The defense for the Dolphins has given up plenty of yards, but not a whole lot of points. Last week they allowed 347 yards to the Saints, including 261 yards through the air, but just 20 points. They will; look to get back in the win column after a couple of bad losses the last two weeks. Miami enters this contest ranked 32nd in the league in total offense (249.0 ypg), 28th in passing (182.7 ypg), 30th in rushing (60.3 ypg) and 32nd in scoring at 8.3 ppg. On defense, they have been solid so far as they come in ranked 21st in total yards allowed (350.0 ypg), 27th against the pass (272.3 ypg) and 5th vs the run (77.7 ypg), while allowing just 19.0 ppg, which is 9th in the league. Both teams are off horrible losses, so it will be interesting to see which team has what it takes to bounce back. The Dolphins are healthier, especially at QB, but Cutler has been a bust and the Dolphins have really had a tough stretch to start the year with all the traveling they have done. They now come home off a bad loss in London and will take on a Tennessee team that was blasted in Houston last week by a score of 57-14. They may have Matt Cassel at QB, but I feel he rates the edge over Cutler, plus you must believe that the Tennessee defense will really come to play against a Miami offense that is a mess. Look for the Titans to bounce back in this one.